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He's an old fart.
Here's Ashley Judd's mother, Naomi, on Larry King NOW giving her view on whether or not Ashley will make a run for the U.S. Senate against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell:

Naomi Judd says her daughter Ashley still isn’t sure if she’ll seek Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky Senate seat in 2014.

“OK, here’s the deal. As of right now, she doesn’t know,” the country singer told Larry King in a web interview published Monday. “I can tell you she’s very interested in changing the world. And she knows that politics unfortunately right now is one of the ways she could do that. But I made her promise that if she should make a decision, that I’m the first to know.”

Ashley, an actress and vocal Democrat, has said she’s “honored” to be considered for political office and, according to POLITICO’s Manu Raju, has been seriously exploring a possible run.

There are certain skeptics who point to President Ronald Reagan and former California Governor Ah-Nold Schwarzenegger as reasons we should not nominate actors for public office.

On the other hand, we're also talking about two actors who were/are now Republicans.  One was formerly a Democrat and became a Republican over time, the other is one of those rare moderate Republicans who actually gives a damn about the environment although his relationship with unions always was shaky.

Considering any potential criticism leveled against Ashley Judd as she considers running for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky, let's remember we have Senator Al Franken from Minnesota who himself was previously an actor, a sketch writer on Saturday Night Live and even a satirist.  Not exactly a typical resume for a politician in Congress who typically works in the profession of law, business, medical, or even education.  And in turn, Franken  has continued to show passion for his views in the U.S. Senate and never hesitates to debate.

So why not Ashley Judd?  She's got serious fire in her belly.  She's a famous actress, yes, but she's also been more active in important political and social causes than even Reagan when he was president of the Screen Actor's Guild.  If there were a Judd/McConnell debate, Ashley Judd would DESTROY Mitch McConnell.

Check out Judd as a dedicated campaigner in President Obama's re-election campaign:

She's quite a multitask-er.
Here she is working up a a rally:
Here's Judd giving a pep talk to an Obama campaign office:

Judd also has been through it all and grew up as an underdog:

She's also not afraid to talk about difficult issues and be fierce about it:

An article by the Huffington Post mentions the following information:

But a deeper look at the survey by the Republican pollster showed support for Judd plummeting when respondents were provided with details about the actress, such as her outspoken views against certain forms of coal extraction and current residence in Tennessee, which she represented as a delegate at last year’s Democratic National Convention. HuffPost's Jason Linkins also reported last month that Judd's liberal politics could be a tough sell in the Bluegrass State, which last sent Rand Paul, son of libertarian-leaning former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), to the Senate.
Well, too bad for those respondents.  Coal is not renewable energy and it isn't 100% better than oil.  If a Judd for Senate campaign brings more attention to this issue, then it will be good medicine for those living in Kentucky.

In the meantime, here's more on why Ashley Judd may bring real energy as a U.S. Senate candidate in Kentucky:

Judd Speaks to Tennessee Delegation

Judd Speaks as a Delegate at DNC 202 on behalf of Tennessee

Ashley Judd speaks about Mountaintop Removal Mining

Yes, I know.  She's an actress.  What does she know?

I'm fine if you guys say no.  But I say, yes, Ashley Judd, your country needs you and we know you have fire in your belly for higher office.

Besides, wouldn't it be great to have another woman's voice in Congress?

Here's a recent poll taken on a Judd/McConnell race:

A new poll from PPP shows that in a hypothetical matchup between actress Ashley Judd and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Judd is only behind by 4 points.

Judd, who says she is considering a run in 2014, is trailing 47-43 percent behind McConnell, who happens to be the most unpopular senator in the country.

From PPP:

Only 37% of Kentucky voters approve of him to 55% disapprove. Both in terms of raw disapproval (55%) and net approval (-18) McConnell has the worst numbers of any of his peers, taking that mantle from Nebraska’s Ben Nelson.

McConnell is predictably very unpopular with Democrats (23/73). But his numbers are almost as bad with independents (33/58) and even with Republicans he’s well below the 70-80% approval range you would usually expect for a Senator within their own party (59/28).

Among Democrats, Judd is the top choice for the primary, with 29 percent of the vote, compared to Lt. Gov. Jerry  Abramson who came in second at 16 percent.

PPP surveyed 1,266 Kentucky voters for the survey overall, and 585 Democratic primary voters.


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  •  hm (0+ / 0-)

    I'd hate to miss an opportunity to take out McConnell by serving him a political neophyte on a platter. If Ashley Judd can get fully up to speed, then great, but that doesn't sound realistic. Presumably McConnell has some campaigning skills, given his abysmal record in office.

    "Milton Friedman's misfortune is that his policies have been tried."

    by el fuego on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 03:03:54 PM PST

  •  I wonder if Ashley's mom and sis (1+ / 0-)
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    would put their wingnuttery aside to vote or campaign for her?

    "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

    by TLS66 on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 03:08:29 PM PST

  •  I Think She'll Enter Public Service Eventually (12+ / 0-)

    She took a break from her entertainment career to get a Master's degree in public administration from Harvard. My guess is that she wanted to have the educational foundation for moving on to the next phase in her life.

    She's a real lefty, though -- the genuine article.

    I don't know how well that will play in her home state.

    All the same, I really admire her and, either way, I hope we'll be hearing more from her.

    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 03:08:34 PM PST

  •  Robin's law #17 (2+ / 0-)
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    Wreck Smurfy, cotterperson

    "when all else fails, do it yourself"

  •  She's way too liberal for the state. (0+ / 0-)

    At best she's probably a great primary candidate foil for the eventual Dem candidate, as they can run to her right and frame themselves as more a moderate.  

    Her complete embrace of Pres Obama, who is surely polling well underwater in Kentucky, and especially her anti-coal stance would doom her in any general against McConnell or any other GOP candidate.  

    President Obama would have been a Republican in the 1980's.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 03:25:18 PM PST

    •  It's the message more than the politics (8+ / 0-)

      Ashley Judd is a pure blood Kentuckian.  She grew up and was raised there.  I think the notion that she's liberal is just a fraction of who she is.  In fact, I think Judd may very well be focused on message, which is really how she is.  Also, the GOP continues to implode

      The point being, she gives a damn whereas Mitch McConnell is more cautious and quite frankly, waits until the last minute to give a damn.  

      Don't forget, there's a strong Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth who represents the 3rd Congressional District of Kentucky (probably most liberal part of the state).  Then of course previous Congressman Ben Chandler got narrowly defeated for re-election by now Congressman Andy Barr (representing the 6th Congressional District).  We just need to focus on winning back the seat from Andy Barr.

      Remember, most of the polls show Ashley Judd only a few percentage points below Mitch McConnell.  When McConnell was challenged by previous candidate Bruce Lunsford in 2008, Lunsford had a chance to beat McConnell but was a lousy candidate (he also embraced Ernie Fletcher at one point).  In fact, hardly any polls that I recollect showed Lunsford in striking distance although he did mount a credible campaign against McConnell.

      Judd though is a serious fighter.  Compared to McConnell, she can take him down.  I don't think she needs to be pushed to run in the middle.  Judd is an articulate, smart person.  I think she knows the state better than you or I do.  

    •  The state is poor, not liberal (1+ / 0-)
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      The inability of progressives to show poor people that they need Democratic policies is a crime. In a book I plugged above (Deer Hunting with Jesus) there's a long section I wanted to make into a diary, talking about how we sit "above" and vote for policies that help low income folks, but we don't sit at the donut shops and bars and talk to them.

      The state NEEDS Democrats. We need to figure out a way to explain it.

  •  Sen Al Franken (4+ / 0-)

    nuff said

    Now with their party out of power, the GOP is flailing more then Mitch McConnell's jowls on a playground swing. S. Colbert

    by christomento on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 03:32:37 PM PST

    •  Minnesota has a history of electing (0+ / 0-)

      celebrities though. (See Governor Hogan) And they've been more to the left for many years (See Senators Humphrey, Mondale, and Wellstone). Ashley Judd will be fighting conservative entrenchment in KY but she is definitely has strong support.

      What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

      by ontheleftcoast on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 04:17:48 PM PST

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      •  Electing celebrities, yes (2+ / 0-)
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        And look at Jesse Ventura, who became Governor of Minnesota.  I actually think Ventura makes sense with a lot of his views although he can be a bit nuts with regards to gun laws.  He is of course socially liberal and fully supportive of unions.

        Ventura thought has actually been critical of Al Franken during the 2008 race and criticized him for having not been in Minnesota for years.  However, Franken was close with Paul Wellstone, good friends as a matter of fact and it was Jesse Ventura's actions that in part tipped the election to Republican territory due to the funeral of Wellstone, according to Ventura, being more of a rally for Democrats than a funeral.  Geez, people in Minnesota LOVED Wellstone from what I know!

        •  D'oh, that's right, it was Ventura (0+ / 0-)

          But it still shows the power of name recognition (well, my goof notwithstanding)

          The one advantage Ventura had over Judd is he ran (and won) as mayor of a fairly large suburb in Minneapolis.

          What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

          by ontheleftcoast on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 06:20:31 PM PST

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          •  Ventura also challenged the status quo (0+ / 0-)

            And I give Jesse Ventura and his campaign manager for running probably the most effective Independent campaign in recent political history.  I admire Ventura and his efforts to speak his mind.  He's more articulate and smarter than most other wrestlers out there.  Certainly no Hulk Hogan.

            I will say though, as much as I admire Ventura, I don't recall him being the most effective Governor in Minnesota.  He could have prepared himself much better for office.  On the other hand, he's certainly no idiot in the realm of Rick Scott, Scott Walker, etc.  I just think Ventura seems to talk too much about how he was principled because of being an Independent Governor.  Gee, as if being Independent automatically means you've got more ideas and communicate better with constituents.  Obviously Ventura never pays attention to C-Span or reads enough legislative history.

  •  I wonder how Naomi and Wynona feel about that. (2+ / 0-)
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    karmsy, cotterperson

    Naomi has said she is a republican and Wynona played at the GOP convention when H.W. Bush ran against Clinton.

  •  I hope she runs. (7+ / 0-)

    Having been in show biz, she'll probably have some transferable skills as far as the political field is concerned, and the rest, she'll learn. She has enough money to make a real run. She has the right values. Mitch McConnell needs some opposition, badly.

    I hope she goes for it.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 03:40:29 PM PST

  •  Let's please not lump Al Franken in (2+ / 0-)
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    with a bunch of hack actors-cum hack-pols and just leave it at that. He has a B.A. in political science from Harvard and was a fellow at the Kennedy School for public policy AND the Joan Shorenstein Center for the Press. He may have a photographic memory (can draw all of the US states freehand from memory) and has been called one of the smartest senators on the Hill.

    •  Ashley Judd (7+ / 0-)

      Also a Harvard grad ...

      "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

      by bink on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 04:56:55 PM PST

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    •  You're overreacting (1+ / 0-)
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      The fact is, Al Franken was an actor although I also mentioned he was a satirist and a sketch writer too.  Franken, as you mention, also received a BA in Political Science too and wasn't originally in performing arts.

      Hack actors?  Do you even know what you're talking about?  Judd is a good actress.  Remember, she's acted in a number of Hollywood films so how she's being directed may impact her acting.  She was first introduced in "Ruby in Paradise."

      Besides, even if someone is a hack actor or a good actor, you have no basis for making your argument against Ashley Judd because she's in a different league than Al Franken.  I just used Franken for the sake of the argument I was making in this diary.  This diary is not about Franken but about Ashley Judd and her political aspirations.

      In the meantime, please watch the videos.

  •  This is the creativity we need (2+ / 0-)
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    bontemps2012, dot farmer

    I've been reading "Deer Hunting with Jesus"--a book that explains why low income rural folks vote Republican against their own self interest. One factor is lack of education--can't get much but RUsh on the radio, and his memes are repeated over and over by the "big shots" in towns, like the realtors and landlords. Then there's some basic bigotry--If everyone is piling on top of me I gotta find someone to pile on, maybe someone whose skin is a little darker? And then there's just the basic struggle to survive each day, and fear that tomorrow might even be worse. GOPers are great at creating fear. (Get yerself a gun, they're comin' at ya.)

    Judd is creative, attractive and sincere. The "little folks" will at least listen to her. If she launches a REALLY creative campaign, telling people exactly the effect McConnell has had on their house payment, their kid's school and their kitchen table, she'll win. But it would have to be iconoclastic. Look at Heidtkamp in North Dakota. We are from there. Her "Hot Dish for Heidi" and Saturday night stops at the local bars after the football games were classic North Dakota! There are undoubtably similar traditions Judd can tap into.

    Mellencamp in Indiana!

    •  Heidi won because Rick Berg cheated (0+ / 0-)

      on his Libbie/gunner voters and sneaked a pro-drone clause into the FAA Bill. Enabled putting 30,000 godawful surveillance drones in the air, looking over their shoulders.

      Spend $750,000 on it and everybody in ND gets to know about Berg's perfidy. And some of the details of his love of money.

      (And get to laugh afterward at the $60,000,000 spent on the Massachusetts seat.)

      McConnell's dirty, too.

      "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012

      by bontemps2012 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 03:34:42 AM PST

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      •  Are you from North Dakota? (1+ / 0-)
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        Heidi did things I've never seen a local candidate do. And the Bishops actually had a letter read from the pulpit Sunday before instructing Catholics not to vote for the "likeable" candidate.

        My very Republican relatives haven't forgiven the couple who worked tirelessly for Heidi because they liked HER, not because they hated Berg.

        •  Heidi got herself competitive (0+ / 0-)

          by hard work. Great candidate.

          But it still took Berg showing his true colors, lack of character to put her over the top -- plus a timely investment to make that stick.

          The letter ordering Catholics not to vote for her backfired. We can only hope they keep doing that. Over and over again.

          "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012

          by bontemps2012 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 09:18:18 AM PST

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